Monster Squad (1987) History of Horror

Mike Matei / October 25th, 2007

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  • April 8, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Haven’t seen this one but Van Helsing was awesome!

  • xenxander

    April 12, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Oh wow, only one comment thus far? Honestly, I expected this movie to have a cult following and have near a hundred posts by now. I suppose though, like you mentioned, it didn’t really get the recognition it deserved back when it was created, and perhaps this forum is merely slow to also give it its justification.

    now it’s by no means a perfect movie, however when I saw it as a kid.. hmm let me think; 1987.. so I was 7. I enjoyed it. It kind of scared me, but I kept coming back to it whenever it aired on HBO (or any other movie channel).

    I found the humor to be good – not over done, but also not underplayed. It has a good feel to it. Also I will agree that they faithfully reconstructed the monsters for this movie. I won’t say that the plot is solid – it’s rather silly actually. I few kids ban together and defeat some of the most famous monsters of all time, and at the end just say “we’re the monster squad” as the credits roll.. but I suppose it’s a Guilty Pleasure, much like watching the first “Turtles” movie.
    It leaves you with a good feeling after watching it.

    Now I hear there will be a remake, in 2011. According to IMDB, it’s “in development”. But I won’t hold my breath. This movie is one that I need to buy on DVD for my collection of early child hood classics. It’s just ‘good’, by any standard.

    I don’t know how it holds up, today; I’ve not watched it in almost 18 years, but I would imagine I will still enjoy it. Thank you James, for sharing your thoughts on this movie that riddled my childhood with good memories of a good movie..

    now is this movie a “good movie”, or merely a “good ‘B’ movie”? I don’t know if you would call it a “B” movie, but surely there are enough moments to make you wonder, like the “nards” line. But it doesn’t come off (at least to me) as a “B” flick; I think the makers were honestly trying to do something different with a serious/humor balance.

  • April 14, 2010 at 5:59 am

    xenxander I agree with every single word you said. I bought the 2disc DvD and its awesome. So many special features and if you are big fan of the movie like you said, I know you will be happy when you get the DvD. As for the remake, I really don’t know about that. I haven’t heard or read anything about a remake but now knowing that there might be one, guess I’m gonna have to look up some info on that. BUT…again a remake of one of the greatest movies ever made, they will have a lot to do to make it as good as the original, which I won’t hold my breathe but hey you never know.

  • Shikster

    April 29, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    The Monster Squad actually started as a Saturday morning live action show………..With all the same monsters but a different story. All the monsters were detectives. The movie took the name and added all the monsters but not the same story. I love this movie by the way.

  • May 15, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    I own this movie on DVD. This is one of my childhood fav’s. I love this movie. I forgot about it for like 13 years then I was sufeing the web one day and came up on it. Thats when it all came back and i had to get it. Keep the video’s coming man.

  • Ballardgirl

    June 2, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    This is the only “horror” movie my mom would let me watch as a kid.

  • July 12, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Along with xenxander i also heard that there’s going to be a remake done by Michael bay. and it’s coming out in 2012

  • Filmkid94

    July 16, 2010 at 4:04 am

    The Monster Squad (2012)

    A group of kids realize that Dracula, Frankenstein, and other monsters have a plot to take over the world.

    Dir: Rob Cohen

    Why do so much remakes.

  • Ultra Magnus

    August 9, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    This movie has a special place in my heart.

  • asnaes1981

    September 20, 2010 at 10:20 am

    This movie proved to me that the classic monsters were the best. Wolfman does indeed have nards!

  • October 6, 2010 at 2:12 am

    Never watched this movie i think am going to give it a try

  • LeyLey

    October 10, 2010 at 5:40 am

    Never passed up a chance to watch this movie whenever it was on the TV. Did I rent it, once? I kind of forget, but I think that I did.
    My favorite monster in the film was always the Creature from the Black Lagoon. I’d always feel sorry for it before that one line would come up: “My name, is Horace!” However, they all felt so… impactful in their own way, as to be expected, but it wasn’t cheesy at all to see the monsters interact together, either.

    Indeed, after the movie would end, I would always walk away feeling good after watching it, but wanting more before the credits roll. The movie must have been so entertaining, time would fly by very fast.

  • djsete

    October 12, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    I watched this movie countless times as a kid. I loved it! I haven’t seen it since and until now had forgotten about it. I have got to find this movie for my collection now. Monster squad is now on the top of my list of movies I loved as a kid that I do not have.

  • Hourglass

    October 16, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    James said it best when he said this movie was fun. It is! It really reminds me of Gremlins in that it’s intended to scare you with monsters, but you end up laughing and enjoying the show rather than being frightened.

    It has a very 80′s feel to it too, which I love. Anyone remember a youth magazine called “3 2 1 Contact”? There was a segment in there called The Bloodhound Gang, and this film always reminded me of that.

  • October 25, 2010 at 5:46 am

    Best movie EVER MADE!!!

  • limegreensquid

    December 2, 2010 at 4:52 am

    This was definitely one of my biggest childhood movies!
    And it’s still watchable! Though the 80s-ness dates it, the story and the acting and the scary settings are timeless, and still funny and dramatic!

  • seven

    January 5, 2011 at 11:55 am

    oh man I loved this movie as a kid! Haven’t seen it in ages thanks for bringin back some good ol memories

  • Anthony33

    April 10, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Hey James, since you did such a great review of The Monster Squad, how about reviewing that other Fred Dekker classic, Night of the Creeps, in one of your future Monster Madness reviews? It was originally released in 1986 and is available on DVD and Blu Ray.

  • SpiritSoldier

    May 26, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Like Anthony mentioned above the movie is by Fred Dekker, who also did Night of the Creeps, these two movies have been my favs since a kid. Creeps is one of the best zombie movies ive ever seen, and thats alot. And Monster Squad is just a classic, with all our fav classic monsters. Dekker was the man, hated to see that his career didnt take off after these films, but like so many of the 80s, many are just now getting the credit they deserve.

  • gamemaster

    July 13, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    when i was three my uncle gave me all of the black and white movies and monster spaude was one of them and it was my fav

  • gamenerd2700

    July 27, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Seems like an interesting movie. I have one issue id like to address with this review. In this review you explain that a werewolf or wolfman can only be killed by a silver BULLET, and even go so far as to provide an illustration to further cement your point. Normally i wouldnt have a problem with this except you already covered the classic Lon Chaney Jr film “The Wolfman” at #8 on this countdown. Anyone who has seen this film knows that the wolfman is killed not by being shot by a silver BULLET, but rather it is bludgeoned to death by a cane topped with a HEAD made of silver. A werewolfs weakness is silver itself. It doesnt matter what form it is in. Like i said before i normally wouldnt have thought much of it but with the extra illustration of a picture of a gun and bullet it makes me wonder. You seem to have a real knowledge of all the classic movies so it makes me curious how a mistake like this got through. Or hell maybe im completely wrong. Either way i gave my two cents.

  • penpan

    August 25, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    You should do a review on Dolls, that was great and was really fun like this film’s appeal.

  • WillParker

    September 18, 2011 at 2:34 am

    y’know what really piss’s me off? the fact that this movie still hasn’t had a dvd release in the uk, seriously WTF

  • ShawnCHiLL

    October 17, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Another classic. this would make one hell of a remake if done right.

  • October 26, 2011 at 6:36 am

    I freakin love this movie! Saw it right away when it came out and it’s always been awesome. I have to wonder if it Joss Whedon liked it cus I see some similarities in the Buffy tv show.

  • ivanne89

    January 21, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I like it

  • Anthony33

    March 30, 2012 at 12:08 am

    I like that you did this review in 2007, which was the 20th anniversary of this movie and when the 20th anniversary DVD of the movie came out.  For any fans of this movie, I highly recommend the DVD or Blu Ray release, it’s loaded with extras, including interviews with Fred Dekker, Producer Jonathon Zimbert, Andre Gower, Tom Noonan, Ashley Bank, Ryan Lambert and even some of the costume and makeup effects guys and you even get to see some convention footage to see the impact this movie  has had on fans, even decades later.  You can usually get it pretty cheap on Amazon or any other online store or any local store, like FYE, so if you’re a fan, I say pick it up if you don’t already own a copy.

  • SugarTill

    July 31, 2012 at 3:09 am

    MoNsTeRs sQuArD !!!!!!

  • lockshockbarrel84

    April 4, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Hey James (and of course Mike and everybody here),
    check out “Monster Brawl” from 2011. It’s an independent horror-comedy movie where eight monsters( Cyclops, Swamp Gut, Frankenstein’s Monster, Lady Vampire, Werewolf, Mummy, Witch Bitch and Zombie Man) fight each other in a wrestling ring in a abandoned graveyard, shown in a pay-per-view style atmosphere.With Jimmy Hart and Kevin Nash in it. It’s so ridiculous that it’s fun, pure trash. Maybe something for a review.

  • May 28, 2014 at 5:38 am

    League of extraordinary gentleman too

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